Be sceptical of vague new ‘national security’ powers

Any proposal by the government to increase its own power should be treated with scepticism.

Double that scepticism when the government is vague about why it needs that extra power. Double again when those powers are in the area of law and order. And double again every time the words national security are used.

So scepticism — aggressive, hostile scepticism, bordering on kneejerk reaction — should be our default position when evaluating the long list of new security powers the Federal Government would like to deal with emerging and evolving threats — via

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